You gotta hand it to the Celtics. They didn't mail in a game where a sloppy, uninspired loss would have been understandable. They didn't quit when they lost a late lead. And they didn't give up when the referees all suffered simultaneous strokes in overtime and started calling some of the most absurd fouls (fouling out both KG and Stiemsma) we've seen in quite some time.
The Celtics battled, they persevered, and they beat the Atlanta Hawks 88-86.
Rajon Rondo had the worst great game I've ever seen. He shot 3-16 and had 6 turnovers... but he racked up his 19th career triple double, 6th of the season, with a 10 point, 10 rebound, 20 assist night. Before fouling out, Garnett was still bathing in the fountain of youth... putting up 22 and 12.
But the unheralded star of this game was Brandon Bass, who put up 21 and 10. I damn near soiled myself in the OT when he fell awkwardly and immediately clutched his knee. I thought for sure this was it for him. But after a few mi...